International Repatriation Blog

Conveying the latest on Indigenous International Repatriation efforts from Indigenous perspectives.

Indigenous Resources

The following are resources for indigenous peoples and Native Nations on international repatriation:

AAIA International Repatriation Project Publications

2015 International Repatriation Guide Final. 2015.

International Repatriation Project Submissions to the U.N.

U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Session 8, July 20-24, 2015 (Geneva, Switzerland) Documents

Item 4-Panel Discussion on Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights in Relation to Business Enterprises
Hopi Tribe Submission on Item 4 (covering Private Auction Houses and Human Rights Violations)

Item 7-Study & Advice on the Promotion and Protection on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Respect to their Cultural Heritage
Hopi Tribe Statement (on international repatriation) for Item 7
Edward Halealoha Aya (Native Hawaiian, Kingdom of Hawaii) Written Statement for Item 7
– AAIA International Repatriation Project Statement for Item 7
US Statement (supporting international repatriation) “EMRIP A.I.7: Protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Respect to their Cultural Heritage, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, U.S. Intervention”

Item 9-Proposals to be submitted to the Human Rights Council for its Consideration and Approval

Joint Statement Made by the Hopi Tribe, Edward Halealoha Ayau (Native Hawaiian/Kingdom of Hawaii), and the AAIA International Repatriation Project on Item 9

Submission on International Repatriation to the U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) by AAIA International Repatriation Project, Hui Malama, International Indian Treaty Council, Hopi Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (March 24, 2015).

Working Group on International Repatriation and AAIA Submission to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2012)..

INTERNATIONAL REPATRIATION EFFORTS

Association on American Indian Affairs, International Repatriation Project (advised by the AAIA Working Group on International Repatriation): http://www.indian-affairs.org/programs/aaia_repatriation_we_help.htm

Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand Museum, International Repatriation Programme (includes international repatriation policy): http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/AboutUs/Repatriation/Pages/Overview.aspx

Australian Government, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports | International Repatriation (includes international repatriation policy): http://arts.gov.au/indigenous/repatriation

NATION-STATE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES ON REPATRIATION

Australia

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013: http://www.unesco.org/culture/natlaws/media/pdf/australia/austrl_actprotcltobjloan_13_enorof

European Union

EUR-Lex: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html

Germany

Act on the Return of Cultural Property: http://www.kulturgutschutz-deutschland.de/SharedDocs/ExterneLinks/EN/Gesetze_en/KultgVV_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

German Museums, Recommendations for the Care of Human Remains in Museums and Collections

Scotland

Guidelines For the Care of Human Remains in Scottish Museum Collections, http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/about-us/news/news-article/392/new-guidelines-for-the-care-of-human-remains-in-scottish-museum-collections-published

United States

US Statement on Outcome Document at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (April 20, 2015).

MUSEUM/MUSEUM ORGANIZATION POLICIES ON REPATRIATION

United Kingdom

Ashmoleon Museum, Human Remains Policy

Bolton Museum, Human Remains Policy.

British Museum, Guidance for the Care of Human RemainsList of Human Remains (2008)
Human Remains List (Aug. 2010)
 Policies on Human Remains

Natural History Museum, London, Human Remains Policy (2010).

Manchester Museum
–  Policy for the Care and Use of Human Remains
Full List of Human Remains

Museums Association, Policy Statement on Repatriation of Cultural Property (September 2006).

Museum of London
Policies on Human Remains

National Museums Liverpool, Policy on Human Remains.

Science Museum Group Collections
List of Human Remains (July 2013)

University College of London, Human Remains Policy.

Wellcome Trust
Human Remains List 2006

NATIVE NATIONS REPATRIATION RESOLUTIONS, STATEMENTS, LAWS, and POLICIES

National Congress of American Indians: #SAC-12-008 Support for International Repatriation (2012).

Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes: Res. No. 12-07 A Resolution on International Repatriation of the Five Civilized Tribes (Oct. 12, 2012)

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL REPATRIATION

U.N. General Assembly, Outcome Document of the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, Known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (Sept. 15, 2014), See Art. 27

Permanent Council of the Organization of American States Committee on Judicial and Political Affairs, Working Group to Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (14th Meeting), Statement of Principles of the United States of America on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, p. 29, Article 8 (May 2, 2012) GT-DADIN-doc_334-08_rev7_eng

U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007): http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf (See Articles 11 and 12).

HELPFUL MATERIALS 

Bead Chart: http://www.ezakwantu.com/Trade%20Beads%20Chart%20-%20The%20History%20of%20Beads.jpg

Dennis Zotigh. Smithsonian NMAI blog, Time Bomb: Recording Native Oral History Before Its Too Late, Feb. 3, 2011.  http://blog.nmai.si.edu/main/2011/02/time-bomb-recording-native-oral-history-before-its-too-late.html

ARCHIVAL RESOURCES

American Philosophical Society, http://www.amphilsoc.org/.

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